Alan Pardew says he has no expectation of what reaction he will get from Newcastle fans when Crystal Palace play United on Wednesday night.

The former Newcastle boss believes he and the supporters had some ‘great times together’, although he does concede that it wasn’t so great in the last year.

Pardew claims that due to the good job he did at St. James’ Park, he was able to leave with his ‘head held high’;

“I’m not expecting or hoping for any reaction.

“We had some great times together. It was not so great in the last year but on the whole, my experience there was great.”

Head held high;

“I thought I did a good job and walked out with my head held high, so I am looking forward to the game.

“I have still got all my staff there and my players, they are close to my heart.”

A slightly different game;

“It will be strange because after four years of living every part of that football club and that city, good and bad, it is emotional.

“It will be a slightly different game for me.”